Tuesday’s box score
MU 5, WSU 4
DP — WSU. LOB — WSU 9, MU 10. 2B — Everett (1). S — Kirk, Kelly. SF — Simpson, Baker, Lester. SB — Kihle (7), Dearman (17), Gillaspie (6). CS — Anderson.
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WP — LaBrie. HBP — Dearman (by Rash), Anderson (by Vielock). . Umpires — home, Mark Wagers; first, Randy Wetzel; second, Josh Shepis; third, Greg Harmon. T — 3:16. A — 1,613.
Man in the middle
Wichita State’s mid-week pitching issues appear solved, or at least repaired, with junior Kris Gardner on the mound.
He held Missouri to one run and two hits over four innings in his second start in a row. For the second week in a row, he reversed WSU’s trend of falling behind early and gave coach Todd Butler a chance to use his bullpen as planned. Gardner exited after 58 pitches, just short of his limit of 65.
“We’ve got to get his pitch count up for the conference tournament,” Butler said. “We’re gradually moving that direction. He’s thrown the ball really well his last three or four outings. He’s giving us a chance.”
Gardner has a 2.41 ERA over his past four outings, two in starts, for 11 2/3 innings.
Gillaspie on the bases
WSU first baseman Casey Gillaspie stole a base for the third straight game, giving him a career-high six in six attempts this season.
With his lineup healthy and hitters coming around, Butler is growing more aggressive. The Shockers stole seven bases over the weekend in three games against Southern Illinois.
Players such as Daniel Kihle and Tanner Dearman are doing it with speed. Gillaspie, who went for 4 for 5, is doing it with his wits.
“Casey has great feel for the game,” Butler said. “He knows how to run and when to run.”
Gillaspie was thrown out at home in the sixth inning, trying to score after the ball bounced away from the second baseman after Dayne Parker singled. Butler didn’t question Gillaspie’s aggressiveness.
“That’s just one of those fluke plays that can go your way or not,” Butler said. “It’s hard to tell, when you’re a third base coach, how far the ball trickles away. You don’t have much time.”
The game commemorated the anniversaries of Missouri’s 1954 College World Series champions and Wichita State’s title in 1989. Highlights of WSU’s 5-3 win over Texas played on the video board before the game. The game benefited the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas. The hall will induct former WSU coach Gene Stephenson in June, where he joins former players Phil Stephenson, Joe Carter, Darren Dreifort and Don Heinkel … WSU leads the series 6-5 … Missouri won for the first time in five games at Kauffman Stadium.